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Principal Finance Professional - Accounting Research

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 34200
Date Posted: Oct 20, 2022
Salary: $87600 to $144400 Annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

This important role will directly support the Accounting Research function for Black Hills Corporation.  Provide guidance to corporate accounting, regulatory, finance, tax, and other teams related to the appropriate application of GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) accounting guidance.  Assist with financial reporting responsibilities as assigned including, but not limited to, preparation of management reporting, SEC financial statement filings, subsidiary financial statements, and FERC financial statements.  Perform routine and special projects for management including technical accounting research and analysis, preparation of documentation and accounting memos, and classification and recording of accounting transactions in accordance with GAAP and FERC.

SALARY RANGE:  $87,600 - $144,400 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Director, Corporate Accounting

LOCATION: Our Company Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota.

  • A comprehensive relocation package is offered for this position! Details about this package will be shared during the interview and offer process.


  • Assist with research of accounting issues and preparation of accounting memos on positions taken by the Company that impact the financial statements. 
  • Provide technical accounting assistance and interpretations to management, accounting, regulatory, finance, tax and other teams, including review of key contracts.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of accounting and financial reporting policies and procedures ensuring compliance with GAAP, FERC, and SOX requirements as well as provide sound business practices.
  • Maintain a solid understanding of accounting rules and regulations and how those may impact BHC activities, including GAAP, FERC, and SOX requirements.
  • Provide active and direct support in assurance of the timely and accurate preparation and filing of periodic SEC filings (10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, and 11-K) and earnings releases in compliance with all SEC requirements, GAAP, and Company policies.  
  • Assist with preparation of annual Goodwill impairment analysis model, presenting results to internal and external partners.
  • Assist with preparation and review of internal financial management, Board and ad hoc reports; subsidiary financial statements; proforma financial statements; and FERC reporting.
  • Continually find opportunities for increased efficiency and effectiveness; implement and document process changes while maintaining effective internal controls and accurate financial information; and support special accounting system enhancement projects.
  • Support and coordinate internal / external audit, quarterly review, SOX review, and regulatory data requests, ensuring timely and accurate supporting documentation is presented in a useful and understandable format.


  • Establish and maintain effective and professional working relationships with accounting research and financial reporting co-workers, as well as other corporate accounting, finance and regulatory functions, utility operations, internal audit, external audit, and management.


  • Minimum of (7) seven years of progressive accounting, finance, and/or audit experience, preferably in either public accounting or a publicly traded SEC reporting company required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent combination of education and experience required.


  • Thorough knowledge of GAAP, FERC, and SEC pronouncements, guidelines, and reporting requirements, with practical application through business and accounting methods and procedures, is required.
  • Working understanding of utility operations and regulatory/ratemaking processes and methods is preferred. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills with a strong ability to articulate, communicate and influence, as this position requires the individual to balance multiple priorities and to optimally work with and through cross-functional teams. 
  • Strong GAAP/FERC/SEC technical accounting skills with ability to interpret, implement, and drive effective decisions.   
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective internal and external business relationships.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills; strategic thinker; attention to detail; and ability to work independently.
  • Desire to be part of a successful team.


The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in an office job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Make decisions which have low to moderate impact on immediate department.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously accesses, inputs, and retrieves electronic information and communicates regarding the information.  Employee frequently moves about the office space. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if moving about is only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Willing to travel occasionally (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Must have proper licensing to operate a motor vehicle.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer, growth and safety focused utility company that is dedicated to our communities. We improve life with energy as an energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture fuels unique perspectives, opening doors to new insights and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 3000 employees and serve 1.3 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package!  Annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 87600 to 144400
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